A column by Chuck Byers mentions Swiss Wines as they are not very common in Canada. "It is a shame", he writes. "The wines I tasted in Switzerland had the distinction of being world-class. The white Chasselas (a.k.a. Fendant) and Pinot Noir are considered the dominant Swiss grapes, while Merlot rules the roost in the Swiss region of Ticino. There are literally well over a hundred of Indigenous varieties in this landlocked country".
José Vouillamoz is one of the world’s leading authorities on the origin and parentage of grape varieties. A prominent botanist, José has identified over 300 grape varieties since he first started working on DNA profiling back in 2001. He has also tasted more grape varieties than most.
Learn about Swiss wines & history. Interview with Dr José Vouillamoz by Amada Barnes who describes the history, wine regions and wines of Switzerland in this full length interview. José Vouillamoz is a leading botanist and has discovered more than 300 different grape .
What does Chasselas taste like? It’s a harder question than it may at first appear. Chasselas is Switzerland’s most important white wine variety and makes up over a quarter of the country’s vineyards.
However, this grape variety is notorious for having a lack of character and therefore being hard to describe. On my visit to Switzerland recently I asked several winemakers to describe the character of Chasselas wine; here’s what they said:
Widely grown but little known, Switzerland’s champion white grape is starting to attract the attention of wine enthusiasts outside its homeland.
Switzerland has Zurich as its largest city and reputedly enjoys an excellent quality of life, both for residents and visitors. The climatic conditions of Switzerland differ in the country’s many areas, some of which have magnificent, majestic glaciers. Southern Switzerland has a Mediterranean climate.
Not met a PIWI yet? Nor had I, till just recently. The name cropped up at Wädenswil, the Swiss viticultural research station whose vineyards and original home are pictured above, on the southern shore of Lake Zurich, which I visited in the context of the end-of-summer Mémoire & Friends event.
On Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd December 2017 around 70 winegrowers and winemakers from all over Switzerland show their latest creations in the Bernexpo Congress Centre in Bern. The 4th edition of vinumrarum.ch again combines tasting and direct sales. This wine fair targets above all lovers of wine and offers a unique opportunity to discover the diversity of Swiss wine production.
Les Frères Dutruy has been awarded this week Swiss Winery of the Year at the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2017.
The estate is located in Founex (La Côte) Vaud along the shores of Lake Geneva. Renowned for their fresh and modern wine styles, and among others for bringing back its nobility to the Gamay grape, Les Frères Dutruy have become the reference between Nyon and Geneva.
"One of Switzerland's Best Red, One of the World's Best Gamay" says Vinum Magazine about Gamay Grande Réserve « Les Romaines »